Philippines

Southwoods holds off charging Luisita, leads by just six

Glenn Tacbobo of Del Monte(PAL photo).

73rd PAL Men’s Interclub
Southwoods holds off charging Luisita, leads by just six

BACOLOD—Manila Southwoods got the goods from Jung Hyun-jae and Masaichi Otake in the closing holes on Friday to cling precariously to the Championship division lead heading into the final 18 holes of the 73rd Philippine Airlines Interclub.

The duo returned four-over-par 74s worth 32 points each, boosting the Carmona-based squad to a 125 total for 362 to hold off Luisita, which made a bold charge with 135 points anchored on the tournament-best 39 points of Elee Bisera to come within six points.

That would make the final 18 holes interesting—if they will at all be played Saturday—as the threat of them being canceled cropped up with heavy rains pounding the Marapara course all afternoon long and early evening.

Del Monte bowed out of the fight after a measly 106 points, with Raul Minoza leading the squad with 30 for 336 overall.

Those rains called off third round play of the Founders and Friendship divisions, and if Binitin, where SW, Luisita and Del Monte played, holds up, then the final round of those tournaments will be held to be able to complete 54 holes as Forest Hills tries to cling to a four-point lead.

Sean Ramos accounted for 31 and Southwoods downplayed its efficiency by throwing away either 30 of Krsitoffer Arevalo or Vince Lauron as the team held sway despite several stoppages in play because of heavy rains.

Southwoods remains to be the solid favorite to prevail because Japanese aces Yuto Katsuragawa and Aguri Iwasaki will be coming out for the final day together with Jun Jun Plana, Josh Jorge and Santino Laurel.

SW scored 122 points in the opening round, the best in the field on Wednesday.

Jung, the young South Korean birdied his last three holes and Otake two of his last four as Southwoods weathered a one-man charge by Bisera, who drained five birdies at the tight, tree-lined layout.

Forest Hills has a four-point lead over Tagaytay Highlands in the Founders, and both teams can field their best fives for the final 18 holes, slated at Binitin.

Cebu Country Club now doesn’t have a chance at a repeat for the overall title, but can settle for the second best thing with a mighty rally on Saturday’s final round. Cebu CC is just nine points behind of Forest Hills.

Hosted by Philippine Airlines, the international event is backed by platinum sponsors Asian Air Safari, Vanguard Radio Network, Fox Networks Group, Radio Mindanao Network, Inc., Asian Journal Publications Philippines, Inc., Auto Nation Group, Inc. (Mercedes Benz), and SMDC.

Major sponsors include The Boeing Company, University of Mindanao Broadcasting Network, Avolon Aerospace Singapore Pte Ltd, Manila Broadcasting Company, Primax Broadcasting, Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd, CIGNAL TV Inc., Travellers International Hotel Group Inc. (Resorts World), and Airbus.

Other supporters are Uniglobe Travelware Co., Inc. (The Travel Club), Philippine Manila Standard Publishing Inc. (Manila Standard), Officine Corporation, GE Aviation, SEDA Hotels, BDO Unibank, Smart Communications, Inc., People Asia Magazine, A+E Networks Asia (History), Allianz PNB Life, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Tanduay Brands, Rockwell Land Corporation, Petron Corporation, Splash Corporation, AB Heineken Philippines Inc., and Asia Brewery Inc. – Summit.(pr)

Day 3 complete scores:

CHAMPIONSHIP

Manila Southwoods 362 (122-115-125), Luisita Golf & Country Club 356 (117-104-135), Del Monte Golf Club 333 (106-124-106)

FOUNDERS

Forest Hills Golf & Country Club 234 (118-116-0), Tagaytay Highlands 230 (115-115-0), Cebu Country Club 225 (116-109-0), Valley Golf CC 224 (111-113-0), Riviera Golf 221 (113-108-0), The Orchard Golf & Country Club 219 (116-103), Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club Inc 215 (104-111-0), Villamor Airbase Golf Club 208 (105-103-0), Southern California Redhawks 199 (91-108-0), Alabang Golf Team 199 (104-95-0), Sta Elena 194 (100-94-0), Wack Wack Golf & Country Club 194 (93-101-0), Fil Am Golf Tour Team 1 156 (66-90-0), Apo Golf & Country Club Team A 150 (76-74-0), Fil-Am Fairway Golf Club 145 (69-76-0), Engineers & Architects Golf League (EAGLE) 114 (61-53-0)

AVIATOR

Sherwood Hills Golf Club 324 (110-107-107), Manila Golf & Country Club 316 (105-95-116), Eagle Ridge 303 (96-106-101), Club Filipino Inc De Cebu 302 (104-89-109), Zamboanga Golf 300 (98-95-107), Rancho Palos Verde Team 1 299 (96-96-107), Pueblo De Oro Golf & Country Club 294 (83-104-107), Bacolod Golf 289 (87-96-106), Summit Point 280 (85-95-100), Fairways and Bluewater 279 (95-100-84), Alta Vista Golf & Country Club 274 (93-86-95), Mactan Island Golf Course 267 (98-75-94), UP Tee Jots 260 (100-81-79), Iloilo Golf & Country Club 255 (93-82-80), Camp John Hay Golf Club 250 (76-83-91), Team Brookside 236 (80-66-90), Philippine Navy Golf Club 227 (84-77-66), Negros Occidental Golf & Country Club Juniors 217 (78-69-70), SF Maharlika Golf Team 215 (63-90-62), Eagle Ridge Lagitek 205 (71-75-59)

SPORTSWRITERS

Guinhalaran Golf 282 (94-95-93), Filipino Golfers in the Middle East – Dubai 255 (86-89-80), San Juanico Golf Park & Country Club 241 (83-94-64), Fil Am Fairfield 237 (92-79-66), South Cotabato Golf & Country Club 217 (62-82-73), Lumbia Golf 213 (67-74-72), Fil Am Hawaii 212 (65-90-57), Rancho Palos Verde Team 2 210 (82-89-39), Team IMG – Tagaytay Midlands 205 (77-89-39), Camp Evangelista Golf 196 (80-64-52), Davao City Golf Club (DCGC) Team A 191 (80-76-35), Britanikka Golf Team 2 183 (71-81-31), South Pacific 183 (73-63-47), Washington DC Golf Team 170 (69-57-44), Veterans Golf 163 (59-79-25), Leyte Golf & Country Club 158 (41-75-42), Davao City Golf Club (FTB) Team B 142 (57-59-26), Cotabato Golf 112 (54-49-9), Yokohama Eagles 105 (51-50-4), Paraiso Golf Players Association 101 (33-45-23)

FRIENDSHIP

Britanikka Golf Team 1 179 (98-81-0), PGA British Columbia 163 (83-80-0), Van City Golf Club 152 (86-66-0), Seattle Golf Club 147 (69-78-0), Sarangani Golf 147 (79-68-0), Greenhills West 143 (76-67-0), MSU Marawi Golf & Country Club 138 (79-59-0), Golf & Country Club of Iligan, Inc. 137 (76-61-0), Lanang Golf 137 (73-64-0), Apo Golf & Country Club Team B 133 (75-58-0), Pearl Kai Hawaii 132 (77-55-0), Pinoy Vancouver Golf 121 (59-62-0), West Highlands Golf 119 (63-56-0), Filipino Golfers in the Middle East – U.A.E 119 (66-53-0), Fil-Am Fair Way Golf Club 2 117 (52-65-0), Phil-Malaysia Team 117 (69-48-0), Green Tee Club (GTC) Riyadh 114 (75-39-0), Phil-UK 114 (65-49-0), Mt. Malindang Golf & Country Club 111 (63-48-0), Baguio Golf & Country Club 99 (52-47-0), New Zealand Black Tees 94 (55-39-0), Fil Am Golf Tour Team 2 72 (45-27-0), Fil Oz Sydney 64 (40-24-0), Silicon Valley Golfers Link 63 (34-29-0)

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